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Around the World in 80 Days – The New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Jules Verne Adapter: Laura Eason Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Beth Steer In a clever adaptation by Laura Eason, Around the World in 80 Days tracks Phileas Fogg (Andrew Pollard), perhaps the world’s most famous fictional explorer, as he stakes his life’s fortune on a bet that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. The mysteriously wealthy Fogg and his ...

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Heather – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Thomas Eccleshare Director: Valentina Ceschi Reviewer: Joan Phillips It isn’t long before the turning point in Thomas Eccleshare’s short play hits you like an electric shock. In only 50 minutes Heather has us sitting on the edge of our seats as Eccleshare’s play points out the fragility of the assumptions any of us might make about the people we come across ...

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Around the World in 80 Days – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writers: Jules Verne (novel) Laura Eason (adaptation) Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Helen Tope The premise is simple: wealthy gentleman Phileas Fogg takes on a wager that will see him attempt to traverse the globe in 80 days. Leaving Victorian London with his loyal valet, Passepartout, they begin an extraordinary journey. It is a story so well known, but much of ...

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Missing Pieces (The Front Room) – Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Writer:  Jenny Davis Director:  Anton Phillips Reviewer:  Julia Beasley This is no-frills theatre at its most economical, a play reading without a set and only minimal props.  As director Anton Phillips explains to the audience in his introduction, the props give just a gist of what the play is about, you have to fill in the blanks yourselves.  In fact, ...

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Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Devised by: The Wardrobe Theatre Company Director: Adam Fuller Reviewer: Claire Hayes It may be July, but that doesn’t stop The Wardrobe theatre company from reprising its 2015 Christmas show, this time in the Factory Theatre. And why not, when this seasonally ubiquitous mash up of Guy Ritchie’s 1998 cockney gangster film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels with the ...

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The Comedy of Errors – Exeter Northcott Theatre, Rougemont Gardens

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Poppy Burton-Morgan Reviewer: Ben Miller-Jarvest The Comedy of Errors is the play in which Shakespeare veers the closest to outright farce, including as it does, two sets of identical twins who both have the same name and who end up wearing the same clothes. Needless to say, shenanigans ensue, and a policeman, a hot-tempered wife, a ...

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Translunar Paradise – Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Writer: George Mann Director: George Mann Reviewer: Joan Phillips More theatre at its best at the Factory Theatre, Bristol, with Theatre Ad Infinitum’s Translunar Paradise. Just three people on stage and not a word is spoken in this short, simply staged, moving story. But the effect on the audience is as powerful as a full-length play or cinema 'weepy'. Written ...

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Fantastic Mr Fox – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Roald Dahl (adapted for the stage by Sam Holcroft) Music: Arthur Darvill Lyrics: Darren Clark, Arthur Darvill, Sam Holcroft, Al Muriel Director: Maria Aberg Reviewer: Helen Tope Dead birds and boozy farmers; Fantastic Mr Fox starts off with a bang. Stuffed full of cruelty and avarice, this production bears all the hallmarks of Roald Dahl’s novel. Adapted by Sam ...

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